Research undertaken at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology is highly diverse, ranging across the departments of Antiquities, the Cast Gallery, Conservation, Eastern Art, the Heberden Coin Room (numismatics) and Western Art.  Particular research priorities for the departments can be found below.

We welcome approaches from postdoctoral researchers carrying out collections-based research in these areas who are interested in holding externally funded fellowships in the Museum.

Advice and support can be provided to suitable applicants for independent research fellowships, including:

If you are interested in applying for funding to work at the Museum, please contact the most relevant potential supervisor for your research area. See the People pages for the relevant contact details.

For applications for all funding schemes apart from Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships, a summary research proposal and CV should be provided at least four months in advance of the scheme submission deadline.

In order to allow time to apply for internal match funding we ask that potential applicants send us a one-page summary of their planned research, including details of the potential Ashmolean supervisor (who should have been contacted in advance) and how they will make use of collections and other facilities at the Museum, together with a CV with up to five best publications highlighted to harriet.warburton@glam.ox.ac.uk by 31 July of the year preceding the February closing date, ie by 31 July 2022 for application in February 2023.

Particular research priorities (in order of priority for each department) include:



For the first two topics below we are particularly interested in characterisation, material interactions, sources and mitigation strategies:

  • Museum dust and its effects on objects on open display (casts, furniture, sculpture)
  • Museum pollutants and effects on objects on open display (cast, furniture, sculpture)
  • Sustainability and environmental control

Eastern Art

Heberden Coin Room

We welcome approaches from postdoctoral researchers carrying out research in all areas of numismatics. Subjects of particular interest are: 

Western Art

  • Decolonization and the history of the collections

  • The Wellby Collection of mainly 16th-17th century Kunstkammer objects
  • The Pissarro Collection
  • The Douce Collection of print and drawings
  • The Russian Art Collection

For any other research queries contact the Research and Impact Manager at harriet.warburton@glam.ox.ac.uk